I have spent most of my working life in various roles in the not for profit sector. I have a Masters degree in Development Management and have always been fascinated by the interplay of people and place.
In my twenties and early thirties I worked for over a decade with young homeless people in London and Brighton. This involved supporting them to find accommodation and, through using counselling techniques , enabling them to improve their self esteem and make life choices to gain employment and lead rich and fulfilled lives.
In my mid thirties I managed projects that supported refugees and asylum seekers – in a state of complex and sometimes overwhelming transition I worked with them to navigate their new life and become active and fulfilled citizens of their new country.
When 40 I took a year off and worked with my brother helping him in his antique restoration and finishing business. I enjoyed this experience so much I have recently teamed up with him again, realising our childhood dream, to set up a joint business Pierre & Dom – www.pierreanddom.com
Following this I spent a two years as a consultant working with organisations in the not for profit and for profit sectors in operational and strategic change processes.
For the past twelve years I have had the honour of working as Director of Partners for Change Ethiopia, a life changing organisation working to enable the poorest orphan children and their communities to rise out of poverty in Ethiopia and more recently Somaliland. I continue to work as a consultant for Partners for Change for two days a week.
I have learnt many lessons during my working and non working life. Of these a key learning has been that human beings do not have to be wealthy to lead fulfilled and happy lives. Some of the happiest people I have met in my travels have, materially, very little but are rich in family, friendships and in their relationship to the place they live. This wisdom guides the Co – explore process.